For many families, bringing a pet into the household positively impacts the love and relationship dynamics under that roof. Taking care of a pet, whether that be a dog, cat, or something else entirely, provides a job for the family unit to work together to achieve. In a single-person household, a new pet can similarly transform the home into a warmer place. Animals love unconditionally and give people the opportunity to love them back the exact same way.

Adopting animals is wonderful for the animals as well. To adopt is very frequently to save a life. Animals in shelters are often pets who have been lost, given up, or abandoned. These animals are helpless. To give them a chance to be wanted in a new home is to give another creature a new lease on life. Adopting also slows down the entrance of even more animals into the same sad situation by breaking the cycle of pet overpopulation. Every year, as many as twelve million dogs and cats are euthanized due to a shortage of homes.

Cindy LaquidaraAdopting an adult animal can make the whole process that much easier. They are often already housetrained and the right pet can fit seamlessly into the right lifestyle once those fundamentals have been taught. And, although baby animals are adorable and excellent options in their own right, you already know what you will get personality-wise from an adult dog or cat because they are already grown. There are no surprises with full-grown animals so you can make the best informed decision possible when picking the perfect new addition to your family.

Adopting from a shelter comes with thousands of options and even more reasons why it is the right idea. Too often, people underestimate the joy that an animal can bring into their lives. Even fostering an animal is an extreme pleasure.

Many adoption groups are always looking for households who can foster the right animals. Cindy Laquidara has always been a supporter of animal rights and enjoys fostering dogs as often as she can. If a puppy is too young to be adopted, if a shelter is out of space, or if a dog is recovering from trauma (physical or mental) and needs a safe space, it is a real privilege to be able to provide that service to such loving animals.